Sucker Punch (2011)
With a whopping 23% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, the only saving grace in this action disaster may have been the covers featured on the Sucker Punch soundtrack. I remember personally being excited for this film to come out, but being very underwhelmed with the result. Aside from the contents of the film, actress Emily Browning did a pretty remarkable cover of the song “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics and “Where is my Mind?” by the Pixies.
Here is the full soundtrack.
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013)
This classic remake went over a bit better with the movie critics, scoring 49% on Rotten Tomatoes. While the movie was visually appealing, it’s up for debate as to whether the soundtrack for this film was its highlight or downfall. Lots of critics agree that Gatsby’s scenes were lackluster, and the music was offensive to the classic American novel the movie is based on. However, others say director Baz Luhrmann’s twist with artists from today kept them watching. This movie features songs like Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” and Sia’s “Kill and Run”, as well as rap and hip-hop artists like Jay-Z and Andre 3000 for extravagant party scenes.
You can listen to the full soundtrack here.
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Alright, I’m making the executive decision to not even look at the critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, because I don’t need a professional to tell me just how bad this movie is. While many mothers across the country enjoyed this steamy smut on the big screen, many young adults avoided the film like the plague, and those in the BDSM community were outraged by the film’s portrayal of their practices. Something unavoidable, though, were the songs featured in the film that played on radio and in advertisements frequently up until the film’s release. With songs like “Earned It” by The Weeknd and “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding, Fifty Shades of Grey really had some bops on its soundtrack.
Click this link for the soundtrack.
Tron: Legacy (2010)
While Disney tried its best to reboot this popular sci-fi film from the ’80s, many felt that it was an action-packed disaster. Personally, I don’t think it was a disaster, it just lacked key moments of story development prior to the action, leaving some viewers confused as to why everything was happening so fast. Alongside the bright lights and gear of the movie were the electronic riffs and synths of Daft Punk, who just so happened to score THE ENTIRE MOVIE. Fans of this techno pop were in for a treat with this movie, and the soundtrack accompanied this sci-fi action flick beautifully, maybe even too good for its intended purpose.
Fasten your seatbelts, the soundtrack is here.
Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (2007)
Now the biggest reason as to why people dislike this movie is the gore- but hear me out, Quentin Tarantino can’t put a cap on the amount of blood in his films, that’s against everything he stands for. Other hard film critics see that the film lacks a cohesive plot, leaving it somewhat forgettable to those who saw it. Putting it lightly, I have yet to meet anyone who’s favorite Tarantino film is Death Proof. Masking the chaos of the movie is its soundtrack, which Tarantino’s movies excel in, combining a plethora of genres from multiple decades with purpose.
If you’re feeling like stepping back in time to the ‘50s and up, you can listen to the Death Proof Soundtrack here.
Batman Forever (1995)
There are a few reasons as to why audiences and critics DID NOT like this movie one bit. The first problem is the switch in actors for Batman from Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer, which I personally had no qualms with, leaving fans of the films upset that Kilmer didn’t live up to their expectations of the superhero. Others felt that the buildup to the action in the movie was exhausting and left big fight scenes underwhelming. Batman Forever will always be a classic in my heart because of my past abuse to my VHS of it, but unfortunately Jim Carrey’s Riddler and Nicole Kidman’s love interest weren’t enough to appease viewers. One staple that everyone equates to this movie is singer Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”, oddly romantic but mysterious enough to be featured in this lackluster superhero flick.
To listen to this classic ’90s soundtrack, here is the link.
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
The real ticket seller to this film was Megan Fox as a cheerleading demon who preys on her classmates. Hot, right? (I hope you can feel my eye-roll through this article) Many critics complained that this was just another high school horror flick that was too hyped up because of the clout of the actors. Considering this was advertised as a horror film, there weren’t enough scares and just seemed more like a call out to catty high school girls. Despite the disappointment the movie brought, its soundtrack was popular, featuring artists like Panic! at the Disco, Silversun Pickups, and Hayley Williams.
Listen to the soundtrack.
Tank Girl (1995)
Based off the comic illustrated by Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett, Tank Girl was highly anticipated by fans. The movie fell flat when it came to portraying the grittiness of the original comic and came across more as cute to its audience, disappointing hopeful fans of the original story. While actress Lori Petty tried her hardest to come across as tough, the film missed the mark on its chance for big action.Surprising to hear that the band Hole’s lead singer Courtney Love comprised the soundtrack for this film, featuring their own song “Drown Soda” amongst other artists like Portishead, Joan Jett, and even percussive group Stomp!
If you’d like to give the soundtrack a listen, click this link.
Garden State (2004)
Based on other opinions I’ve heard/read, Garden State was an excuse for Natalie Portman to make a bunch of weird noises, and the music was really the only thing to portray the emotion of the movie. Others claim the film is just poorly written by its star, director and writer Zach Braff, summing the film up as a rip off of the movie The Graduate. I do not personally have any ill will towards this movie, but the soundtrack was its highlight for me. The music choice is somewhat melancholy indie-pop featuring Nick Drake, The Shins, Paul Simon, and Iron & Wine.
If you’re curious to hear the soundtrack, click this link.
Twilight: New Moon (2009)
This list would not be complete with my opinion of the worst movie from one of the most terrible series created. Now before people come after me, I read all the books 4 times over in middle school and have seen all the movies but the last 2. I once was obsessed and a team Edward fanatic, but looking back now on these films, ESPECIALLY Twilight: New Moon, I remember how much I loved the soundtracks for these movies. I’m highlighting the New Moon soundtrack because it 100% was more memorable than the movie. Seriously, I recommend a lot of these songs and still listen to them today.
To hear this MASTERPIECE of a soundtrack, you can access it here.